Valerie Sanderson's Golden Goal Sends @MemphisWSoccer Past Louisville
Nov. 3, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Valerie Sanderson scored the golden goal in the 106th minute to life Memphis (13-7) over Louisville (12-5-1), 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
“It was a team effort tonight even though it was not our best performance, but we found a way to get it done,” head coach Brooks Monaghan said. “Credit to Louisville, they are a good team and put a lot of pressure on us. We were able to weather the storm and finish our chances. We scored two great goals even though some of our best players didn’t have great games, but that is a sign we are growing as a team. We found a way to win the match.”
Sanderson came up big in the match as she scored both of the Lady Tigers goals. Now tied for the NCAA lead in assists, Kaitlyn Atkins assisted on both goals. Atkins served a beautiful cross from the right wing to the far post and Sanderson redirected it to the upper right side of the net for the goal.
Louisville dominated possession in the first 10 minutes of the match, earning two corner kicks. The Cardinals were unable to get any good looks on goal. Memphis earned two corner kicks, but also failed to get a goal. Kelley Gravlin had a blast from 25 yards away, but Louisville freshman goalkeeper Taylor Smith tipped it over the cross bar.
The Cardinals earned back-to-back corners in the 20th minute and capitalized on the second. Charlyn Corral served it from the left corner flag and found Devyn Ciotti in the box. Ciottie slipped it past the Memphis defense and found the back of the net for the Cardinals 1-0 lead.
Memphis responded roughly two minutes later as Atkins did what she does best. Atkins served a cross from the right wing into the box and Sanderson spun the header on frame for the goal. The goal was Sanderson’s 16th on the season and Atkins picked up her 15th assist.
Louisville earned eight more corners in the second half, but seven saves by Bard-Martel keep the game at 1-1. The Cardinals out-shot the Lady Tigers 16-2 in the second half. The Cardinals finished the night with 19 corner kicks to Memphis’ five and Louisville also held a 26-9 advantage in shots.
Memphis advances to play Rutgers in the semifinals on Friday in Orlando, Fla. Match time has not been made official.